Arthritits weather arthritis
So. does weather affect arthritisé The surprisinganswer next. Weather may. or may not affect arthritissymptoms One of the most controversial topics in arthritisis this. Does weather affect symptomsé Well maybe we have an answer to this perplexingissue. Nancy Walsh writing in her blog on Medscape reported on a Dutch study of 712survey participants who were residents of Germany, Italy, U.K., the Netherlands, Spain,and Sweden. a variety of climates. Patients' mean age was 73 years, 72% werewomen, and 67% considered themselves to be quot;weather sensitive.quot;When the researchers compared the weathersensitive
patients with those who didn't consider themselvessensitive, they found that women, the less educated, and more anxious and depressed patientswere more often sensitive. Weathersensitive individuals also had lessof a sense of mastery over their lives. Among the 469 individuals who considered themselvesweather sensitive, almost 40% said damp and rainy conditions worsened their symptoms,30% said only cold bothered them, and 5% said hot weather was worse for their pain. Smallnumbers reported increased pain with both hot and cold weather, or to rain and coldand heat. Interestingly, the percentage of patientswho were weather sensitive was highest in
warm, dry climates like Spain and Italy (77%)and lowest in the cold, wet climate of Sweden (57%). In addition, residents of warm, dryclimates reported more intense joint pain than those in cold, wet climates.Possible explanations suggested by Erik Timmermans, the lead author, included the biologic:quot;Changes in temperature and humidity may influence the expansion and contraction of differenttissues in the affected joint, which may elicit a pain response. In addition, low temperaturesmay increase the viscosity of synovial fluid, thereby making joints stiffer and perhapsmore sensitive to the pain of mechanical stresses.quot; The exposure theory:quot;The climates in both Mediterranean countries
are warmer compared to the climate in Sweden.As a result, older people with osteoarthritis in Italy and Spain may be more often outsidecompared to those in Sweden. As a consequence, they may be more aware of the effect of weatheron their pain and are more likely to report weather sensitivity.quot;And the mind: quot;The disease course of osteoarthritis is oftencharacterized by a low level or absence of symptoms with periods of flareup or exacerbation.The uncertainty about the recurrence of pain may lead to anxiety in people with osteoarthritisand this might encourage the desire to have an explanation for the worsening of theirpain.quot;
In any case, quot;the common belief that jointpain in osteoarthritis becomes worse by living in a cold and damp climate is not supportedby our results,quot; they stated. They concluded that ians' appreciationof older patients' potential weather sensitivity wherever they live may be key. quot;Earlytreatment of weathersensitive individuals with osteoarthritis using cognitive and psychologicalinterventions may reduce suffering and may help them to maintain a functionally effectivelifestyle,quot; they concluded. Comment: So there it is. your answer.
Rainy weather brings joint pain for some elders among us
There has been a debate for decades aboutwhether there is some type of a connection between weather changes and joint pain.Some scientists express doubts, but our elders, who often experience chronic aches in therainy season, beg to differ. Lee Unshin has the full story.The monsoon season has brought a wave of showers that, with the effects of climate change,seem to get more unpredictable by the year. And yet, growing up, our grandparents somehowalways had an idea about when it was going to rain.Ever wondered how they could tellé quot;Research has shown the link between jointpain and the weather, with rain more likely
to affect your pain. In fact, people who sufferfrom arthritis claim that sometimes they can tell a storm is looming in advance.quot; quot;My body can almost always predict weatherchanges. Aches start to kick in a couple days before the rain. I live in Galveston, Texas,where its extremely humid from the surrounding ocean, and the joint cramps are far worsewhen I'm there, compared to when I'm in Seoul.quot; While the studies haven't been entirely conclusive,a majority of s believes the correlation between weather changes and pain is more thanplausible. The knees, elbows and fingers joints thatgo through a lot of wear and tear seem
to be particularly sensitive.Bones and joints weakened by old age or injury are also reportedly more sensitive to theweather. quot;When the humidity is high and the air pressureis low, it makes the joints swell a bit, which could cause pain. The best thing to do toif you suffer from chronic aches like these. is to avoid intense physical activity andtake pain medication in advance.quot; For people with less prognostic joints, thereis a handy smartphone app that offers barometric pressure readings, so people can track potentialchanges that will affect how they feel. However, s add that because not everyonewith arthritic pain. experiences weatherrelated
aches. people should consult a physicianwhen considering medication. They also say that further studies are requiredto confirm the link between joint pain and the weather.Lee Unshin, Arirang News.